On February 27, 2014, Colorado District Court Judge Chris Melonakis ruled that Broomfield’s five-year fracking ban would remain in effect. The ban passed by a mere twenty votes. The results of the November 2014 election were challenged by Broomfield Balanced Energy Coalition. The Coalition argued that the election was flawed because mistakes were made in counting the ballots. The Court disagreed. According to the Court, the City and County of Broomfield substantially complied with state election laws.
Another lawsuit, this time challenging the ban itself rather than the election results, is likely to be filed. We will continue to monitor developments at the North America Shale Blog.